Excellent program that has a high success rate in improving and stabilizing residents with emotional disorders.
Community Residence Counselor (Former Employee) – 3 East House - Intensive Adolescent DBT Program – May 19, 2016
Typically a work day can be long and sometimes enjoyable and sometimes difficult. However, sometimes the more difficult days are the most rewarding at the end of the day. I learned about the importance of working as a team, self-care and time management, skills to working with adolescents, a more in depth understanding of DBT and leadership skills. Supervision was one part of this program that I felt was very weak. However, co-workers were usually very enjoyable to work with. A value of this program is to practice direct communication and give feedback, which I think was very helpful in resolving any conflict between co-workers in general before escalation or discomfort. The most difficult part of this job is running a unit when we are short staffed, especially when taking residents on weekly outings (which happens often). The most enjoyable part is simply spending time with the residents and getting to know them.
Rewarding work with the residents, overall a great team to work with, gaining experience in DBT, free food and outings.
Lack of supervision/direction, sometimes the disconnect between counselors and clinicians, being short staffed often.